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Ark, Arke, n.1 Also: arcke, arct, airk. [ME. arke, ark, arc, ONhb. ark-, ærc-, WS. earc.]

1. A chest, esp. a large one for holding grain or meal. (Freq. in inventories of the 16th c. See also Ele-ark.) 14.. Acts I. 306/2.
Of a kyst or of ane ark with lok, twa peniis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 175.
The cheis in ark, and meill in kist
1499 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 26.
Twa met burdis, ij kists, … ane ark
1542 Acts & Decr. I. 141.
Ane ark full of mele contenand xl bollis
a1568 Bann. MS. 137 b/27.
Ane ark, ane almry, and ladillis two
1576 Crim. Trials I. ii. 55.
Betuix ane meikle ark and ane grit kist
a1570-86 Maitland M. Fol. xcv. 44.
Ihone of the park rypis kist and ark
1587 Edinb. Test. XVIII. b.
Ane airk, … ane kist, … and tua pottis
1680 Foulis Acc. Bk. 40.
A sacket of corne out of the ark
1689 Ib. 114.
A help and staple to ane ark
fig. 1490 Irland Mir. MS. 246 b.
As the flesch and body of Adam was the rute, fontane, ark and kest, of all oure corrupcioun

b. Ark-kist, in the same sense. 1623–4 M. Works Acc. XVII. 3 b.
Taking sindrie of ane mekill ark kist and putting of it togidder agane

2. The ark of Noah, or of the covenant.(1) c1420 Wynt. i. viii. heading (the Arke and the spate of Noe). c1450-2 Howlat 813 (thow ischit out of Noyes ark). c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1312, 1367 (the qualitie of Noyis arke).(2) c1515 Asl. MS. I. 304 (quhare the ark of God [was] takin in the batale). 1562-3 Winȝet I. 41/1 (the arcke, tabernakle and prestis).

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